Oldsmobile’s were redesigned for the 1957 model year giving a wider stance and much lower look. It was a look that had also ignored fins that were appearing on just about every other car of the period.
The Starfire name was used for Oldsmobile’s Ninety-Eight Convertibles from 1954-1956. For 1957 it was used as a prefix for all models in the Ninety-Eight series. For some reason this was a one-year only affair and in 1958 they were back to plain “Ninety-Eight” once more.
Standard equipment included armrests, turn signals, rubber floor mats, sun visors, front fender chrome script, exposed chrome roof bows, side interior courtesy lights, electric windows, special emblems, power steering, power brakes, and Jetaway Hydramatic transmission. Upholstery choices included a variety of cloth, Moroceen (vinyl), and leather. The two-tone leather in white and blue with Custom-Lounge Cushions is perfectly matched with the door panels.
The optional Wonderbar radio offers powerful six-tube full-fidelity reception. The front speaker is centrally located at the base of the windshield, which acts as a sound reflector
A three-piece, twin-strut rear window had made a reappearance. The oval taillights hide the gas filler and the dual exhausts exit through the rear bumper.
Engines were bigger this year with the introduction of a 371 cubic inch T-400 Rocket V8. This is paired with a 4-speed ‘Jetaway’ automatic transmission.
Standard tire size was 9.00 (229) by 14 inches (356 millimetres). The standard engine was now the 371 cu in (6.1 L) Rocket V8. A safety recessed steering wheel was added. Front leg room was 43.8 inches (1,113 millimetres).
- Courtesy Lamp Package
- Deluxe Hubcaps
- Dual Exhaust
- Factory Clock
- J-2, 3-2 Barrel Carburetors
- Jetaway Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
- Padded Dash
- Power Antenna
- Power Brakes
- Power Seat
- Power Steering
- Power Top
- Power Windows
- Wide White Wall Tires
- Wonderbar Radio